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EM : Show us your EM Pinball Machines!


By Rat_Tomago

6 years ago



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#1501 5 years ago

Thanks, John! Any tips on re-adhering them?

#1502 5 years ago
Quoted from Arcade:

Steve at Pinball Resource has those caps.

PBR will be your best resource for new EM parts so check with them first for all your new part needs.

Ken

#1503 5 years ago
Quoted from RyanClaytor:

Thanks, John! Any tips on re-adhering them?

Um.. spiral nails?

#1504 5 years ago
Quoted from John_in_NC:

Um.. spiral nails?

Yeah, the nails you pull out should be spiral shafted. You can reuse them or buy new from PBR. Don't use any adhesives.

Notice a common theme here? PBR, PBR, PBR. EM machines and PBR go together very well.

#1505 5 years ago
Quoted from John_in_NC:

Um.. spiral nails?

Do they call these screws? In all honesty, I've never heard of a spiral nail before. Am I going to be able to pry them out like I would a normal nail?

Just looked 'em up and it doesn't look like they have as much tooth as a screw. I'm guessing these should pry out alright (assuming this is similar to what I'm working with on a '73 Williams cab).

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Thanks, as always!
Ryan Claytor
Elephant Eater Comics
www.ElephantEater.com

#1506 5 years ago

They are actually pretty easy to get out once you get them started. "Unscrew" them by grabbing the head with a pliers. Of course you will want new ones because you might chew up the heads.

http://pbresource.com/tools.html

GTB-FA-701

About 3/4 down the page in the "Commonly Requested Tools Box Parts" section.

#1507 5 years ago
Quoted from Pafasa:

They are actually pretty easy to get out once you get them started. "Unscrew" them by grabbing the head with a pliers. Of course you will want new ones because you might chew up the heads.
http://pbresource.com/tools.html
GTB-FA-701
About 3/4 down the page in the "Commonly Requested Tools Box Parts" section.

I pull them with a small claw hammer after prying the rail with the plastic putty knives (tapped under the rail with the same hammer) creates a little grab space. I rarely damage a nail, end up polishing the heads and reusing them most the time.

#1508 5 years ago
Quoted from devlman:

Just arrived today but here's a pic of my Sky Line before shipping

That game looks sweet! Unusual for a Gottlieb design, but fun nonetheless. Double BG animation and superb art!

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#1509 5 years ago

You do very nice restoration work!

#1510 5 years ago
Quoted from hoov:

I never tire of KOD - definitely a 60"s classic similar to muscle car classics!

If someone put a gun to my head and said to name the best Gottlieb wedgehead ever, I would have to say "King
of Diamonds"!

#1511 5 years ago
Quoted from Stevens:

Great pictures guys.I always thought spin a card should have been a wedgehead so I did one both ways.
Homer

Wedgehead "Spin A Card"! The thought occurred to me many times, but this is the first time I've seen it done.
Really wonderful! That's how it should look! Vic (Camp); c'mon you gotta do yours!

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#1512 5 years ago

EMPinman, John, Pafasa, et al,

Many thanks for your help. Placed my first PBR order today.

#1514 5 years ago

If anyone is interested I am picking up a gtb top score 2 player. it is from a family friend
from what i have seen it looks pretty nice. I can work out a good deal for anyone here.
I think top score / 300 is a pretty good multi player game
anyone in the SE Pa area interested let me know I will get some pictures this weekend.

#1515 5 years ago
Quoted from boilerman:

If anyone is interested I am picking up a gtb top score 2 player. it is from a family friend
from what i have seen it looks pretty nice. I can work out a good deal for anyone here.
I think top score / 300 is a pretty good multi player game
anyone in the SE Pa area interested let me know I will get some pictures this weekend.

300 was the 1st game I bought when I entered this crazy hobby called pinball......... Like the backglass animation on this one. Had to sell to make room for wedgies

#1516 5 years ago

I just got it for a good price, works needs a good shop job
i am not into multi players so i will pass it along to a pinsider for a good price or trade for a wedgehead/project

#1517 5 years ago
Quoted from boilerman:

I just got it for a good price, works needs a good shop job
i am not into multi players so i will pass it along to a pinsider for a good price or trade for a wedgehead/project

Very cool of you! I wish I were closer.

#1518 5 years ago

Not trying to make any money just did not want a flipper to get it.
if i don't get any intrerest, I will shop it out and play it for a while until can find it a new home.

#1519 5 years ago

I had a very nice Top Score for quite awhile. It was a very fun game. It was my second pin some 20 years ago.

#1520 5 years ago

Here's my recent CL score
--Jeff
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#1521 5 years ago

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#1522 5 years ago
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The cat looks pissed off. It may want food. ...... LOL

#1523 5 years ago

Pointy people, FTW!

#1524 5 years ago

I don't mess with the cat. He does what he wants.

Jeff

#1525 5 years ago

I'll post more pics of the big daddy I got in the morning.

#1526 5 years ago
Quoted from way2wyrd:

Here's my recent CL score

Nice get, W2W! Cool lookin' playfield. (Is that a slot machine reel in the back!??! NEAT!) How's it play? Does it need any work to get it goin'?

Thanks for sharing,
Ryan Claytor
Elephant Eater Comics
http://www.ElephantEater.com

#1527 5 years ago
Quoted from Pafasa:

I'll post more pics of the big daddy I got in the morning.

#1528 5 years ago
Quoted from Pafasa:

I'll post more pics of the big daddy I got in the morning.

I was just about to say, O-din's gonna be a happy dude.

Couldn't even get the words out of my mouth. Ha-ha!

#1529 5 years ago
Quoted from RyanClaytor:

I was just about to say, O-din's gonna be a happy dude.

I just hope Pafasa's as happy with his as I am with mine.
To me, it is one of the finest machines of that era.

#1530 5 years ago

Fresh off a rebuild before sliding into the lineup. This is a production version; I have a sample game to do later.

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#1531 5 years ago

Hit the Deck. Lots of roll overs, really nice.
I noticed the Strange World in the 2nd photo. Either I am learning more about Gottliebs', great stuff! Or it is kind of sad, that with just a glimpse of a pin that one can recognize it? Tomatoe-Tomatto.

#1532 5 years ago

OK.

Time to post here with my new 1976 Gottlieb Sure Shot I just finished working on for the most part. More details/pictures of this machine here:

http://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/1976-gottlieb-sure-shot-rehabilitation#post-1303582

Ken

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#1533 5 years ago

Jeff, It looks like your cat is laying a deuce on your machine. LOL Looks like a fun game to play.

Dirt, Nicest Hit the Deck I have seen yet.

Ken I love that Sure Shot. Nice cosmetic updates and touch-ups. The playfield reminds me of an updated '65 Bank-A-Ball.

#1534 5 years ago
Quoted from Rat_Tomago:

Ken I love that Sure Shot. Nice cosmetic updates and touch-ups. The playfield reminds me of an updated '65 Bank-A-Ball.

Thanks Rat,

Personally I think Sure Shot is a better game because of the Kickout Holes that score you the big points and Specials. Really a satisfying shot when you pop that ball in the hole! Bank a Ball has the cool mechanical Backglass which is awesome but I buy pins for Gameplay and not just for cool mechanical gizmos. I also prefer 3" Flipper games.

Ken

#1535 5 years ago

I like 2" and 3" games. Depends on the game really. I like the idea of 3 inch bats on the Sure Shot and those kick out holes. I also love the backglass all lit up. I might search for that title later on in 2014. They do seem to pop up a lot on ebay.

#1536 5 years ago
Quoted from Rat_Tomago:

I like 2" and 3" games. Depends on the game really. I like the idea of 3 inch bats on the Sure Shot and those kick out holes. I also love the backglass all lit up. I might search for that title later on in 2014. They do seem to pop up a lot on ebay.

You can make this game super fast as no drops to worry about. Thinking about yellow dot coils and a high tap. This and Bank Shot are fun, fast, games.

#1537 5 years ago

Here are the pics of the Big Daddy I promised. These are what the previous owner sent me. What do you think? Anyone here have a Big Daddy Schematic?

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#1538 5 years ago

I have been going through this thread for the last two days and loving it! Seeing all these amazing EM's restored to full glory is beautiful.
Wanted to share what I have since I hadn't seen it previously here, a Williams '74 Dealer's Choice (I believe someone showed the 2 player version High Ace which has a totally different color scheme). This is my first full size pin, the first one I bought is a Bally '77 home edition Fireball which is SS.
The backglass has some serious flaking (which drives me absolutely crazy) so I've been on the hunt for a replacement or repro translite. Other than that it plays great and the playfield is in fairly good shape. I am a newbie to rehab with pins so all I have done so far is replace bulbs, clean the cab up good and tweaked a few switches to improve play.
I bought this one because it was a good price for someone shopping on a budget (and it had pretty solid play reviews on the ipdb), but I've really grown to love it. I'll bet I've put 300 - 400 plays on it myself in the last two months.

I'm loving all the tips for shopping these machines you've all been handing out... keep them coming!

Also, I should have taken the glass off before I snapped these pics, but I didn't think about it last night.

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#1539 5 years ago

Nice pin popeboy.

My first pin was ALMOST a Dealers Choice but at the last minute it became a Williams Space Odyssey.

Well, once you get the EM bug your toast. I started with my first EM over 2 years ago and have owned 13 since!

Ken

#1540 5 years ago
Quoted from Pafasa:

Anyone here have a Big Daddy Schematic?

I believe I do. I'll have to open up the goody bag that came with mine and see. It doesn't look too bad considering it's age. You have got love those colors! Such a good looking machine. Shouldn't take you to long to get it up and running.

#1541 5 years ago

Yeah, mine came with all the literature. Just let me know what you need. Robert reproduced the plastics and made stencils for the cabinet too, so those are readily available. And I think so is the backglass if you are not happy with yours. But from what I can see, it doesn't look too bad.
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#1542 5 years ago

Nice pin Popeboy.
My brother and I have been on an EM Bonanza lately. We picked up a Lucky Ace in a garage sale for $25
It cleaned up perfectly and plays like a champ. Very fast paced game and we love it. However it did not have a backglass at all. Mike Pacack had this very worn High Ace backglass laying around, so we put it in as it is better than no backglass at all.
High Ace was never actually produced by Williams at all, so it is kind of a rarity to have it at all.
Anyway, here is a quick photo of it.
I will post our other finds soon. We picked up an awesome Gottlieb 2001 for $50. A fantastic Hot Tip for $220 and a Flip a Card for $150

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#1543 5 years ago
Quoted from Arcade:

We picked up a Lucky Ace in a garage sale for $25
It cleaned up perfectly and plays like a champ.

Holy deal! Who sells a pinball in any shape for $25?? (unless it is one collector hooking up another)

That's fantastic, playfield looks really nice!

#1544 5 years ago

Nice pin popeboy
that one is pretty nice looking
welcome to the em club

#1545 5 years ago
Quoted from EM-PINMAN:

Nice pin popeboy

Quoted from boilerman:

Nice pin popeboy, welcome to the em club

Thanks guys... I'm checking all my CL and Ebay feeds daily, so you know it's all downhill from here

#1546 5 years ago
Quoted from popeboy:

I'm checking all my CL and Ebay feeds daily, so you know it's all downhill from here

Yeah! You're full in now!

#1547 5 years ago
Quoted from DirtFlipper:

Fresh off a rebuild before sliding into the lineup. This is a production version; I have a sample game to do later.

Very nice work Dirt. Lot's of shiny metal and bright paint! Anyone would be happy to have that game in their collection. Low plays too - common for the end of the em era............

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#1548 5 years ago
Quoted from EM-PINMAN:

OK.
Time to post here with my new 1976 Gottlieb Sure Shot I just finished working on for the most part. More details/pictures of this machine here:
http://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/1976-gottlieb-sure-shot-rehabilitation#post-1303582
Ken

Nice Ken!

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#1549 5 years ago
Quoted from popeboy:

Thanks guys... I'm checking all my CL and Ebay feeds daily, so you know it's all downhill from here

Welcome to the craziness pope! One becomes two. Two becomes three. You get it..........they reproduce all on their own ) Make plenty of room now!

#1550 5 years ago

Thanks Dave!

Put in my order for some Orange Dot Flipper Coils at PBR and can't wait to get them installed. They sure speed up a game as well as make the Flippers better.

Ken

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